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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 10 May 2013
Date of Publication: 15 June 2013
Inspection Report published 15 June 2013 PDF

People should be cared for in a clean environment and protected from the risk of infection (outcome 8)

Meeting this standard

We checked that people who use this service

  • Providers of services comply with the requirements of regulation 12, with regard to the Code of Practice for health and adult social care on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance.

How this check was done

We looked at the personal care or treatment records of people who use the service, carried out a visit on 10 May 2013, observed how people were being cared for and talked with people who use the service. We talked with staff.

Our judgement

People were cared for in a clean, hygienic environment.

Reasons for our judgement

People were protected from the risk of infection because appropriate guidance had been followed.

There were effective systems in place to reduce the risk and spread of infection. We saw that their were policies and procedures that indicated how good infection control practices were o be implemented. Records showed that audits had been completed regularly to help ensure and maintain good standards of hygiene. These considered things such as hand hygiene, instrument decontamination and sterilisation, general infection control, and the correct use of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves and masks. One person told us “The room I have my treatment in is very clean.” Another said “I think the clinic is very clean, the staff are very professional in their manner and appearance, the place looks organised.”

We saw that there was a central decontamination and sterilisation room to serve he practice. We observed decontamination and sterilisation procedures being carried out during our visit. There was a robust system that ensured reusable items of equipment were only used for one person before being re-processed through the decontamination and sterilisation process. There was specialist equipment to undertake decontamination and sterilisation and records showed that these processes had been completed correctly. Sterilised equipment and used items had been kept separate and clean items were stored in hygienic conditions to reduce the risk of them becoming re-contaminated.

We saw that there was a system for safely handling, storing and disposing of clinical waste. This was carried out in a way so it was unlikely to result in cross contamination. Clinical waste was stored securely in locked, dedicated containers whilst awaiting collection from a registered waste disposal company.

We saw that there were procedures to help ensure that water used in the practice complied with purity standards. This included using specially prepared water and particular cleaning practices for clinical procedures. An assessment had been completed to ensure that no further measures were needed to be taken to guard against legionnaires disease.

This meant that, people were protected against acquiring an infection through the maintenance of good standards of cleanliness.